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Elementary school scores plummet in latest statewide assessment

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       Results of the 2017 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) recently released by the Georgia Department of Education show gains at the middle and high school levels, but significant decreases at three of the four elementary schools in Pickens County.

The CCRPI is an annual assessment of Georgia schools and systems to determine if they are preparing students for college and career readiness. The scores are awarded on a 110-point scale and are based on a variety of indicators, the largest being the Georgia Milestones test administered to 3rd through 12th graders. Other indicators include student achievement, progress, state test scores, reading ability, attendance and graduation rates.

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Four unique drug cases in past month

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[Editor’s Note: The sheriff’s office asked us to delay reporting on particulars of these cases until now, so the drug task force agents could investigate connections, particularly involving the large meth trafficking case.]

 

Staff reports

 

A man traveling to Tennessee with a large amount of methamphetamine along Highway 515 made the mistake of poor driving in front of a sheriff’s deputy in October.

This was the first of two cases that developed recently from traffic stops. Deputies have also made cases against two students who they believe intended to sell marijuana at the high school campus.

Sheriff spokesman Kris Stancil said it was a lucky break that Lt. Chris Tucker spotted the motorist swerving into the other lane as he was passing through Pickens County. After Tucker pulled the driver over, one kilogram of methamphetamine was seized along with the vehicle.

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Two arrested in Ball Ground shooting

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 Press Release Cherokee County Sheriff's Office

      Cherokee County, Ga. November 9, 2017. Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 12:18am to a residence on Flatbottom Road south of Ball Ground in reference to an unknown trouble call.  When deputies arrived on scene they located a victim who had a gunshot wound to the head.  The victim was able to advise the responding deputies she had been shot by an unidentified male who then fled the residence.  A Criminal Investigations Division investigator made contact with the victim at the hospital and was able to obtain more information in regards to the suspect. 

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Hinton festival going strong, saving tax dollars

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Nancy Roland did a happy dance after winning in the cake walk at Hinton Volunteer Fire Department’s Fall Festival.

 

Despite a hotly anticipated Georgia Bulldogs game at the same time, hundreds of people turned out for the Hinton Volunteer Fire Department Fall Festival, an annual fundraising event for the west end station. 

“We’ll have 400 people in here after 7 p.m.,” said station chief Jerry Edwards. “After the cake walk we’ll put more tables up on that end of the station and it’ll be jam packed with people playing until after 10:30 tonight.” 

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Visions of Verse offers open mic style program at library

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The Southern Collective Experience hosts Visions of Verse the second Saturday of each month at the Pickens County Library. Writers and artists are invited to bring their work out to read/show and get feedback from peers. The next Visions of Verse is Saturday, Nov. 11 from 2 - 4 p.m. Here, Southern Collective Experience founder Clifford Brooks speaks to participants at the October meeting.  

 

Submitted by Southern Collective Experience founder Clifford Brooks

 

Visions of Verse is a program initially started to enrich the education of the local GED program.  Named by Holly Holt, the “V of V” outgrew that forum and grew into a larger concept to not only feature poetry, but all forms of artistic expression.   In the spring of 2017, the program moved from Chattahoochee Technical College to the Pickens County Library.  The library has been extremely generous, and now allows the Southern Collective Experience (www.southerncollectiveexperience.com) to showcase our art, and the

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